Mercedes EQ Concept SUV heading to India
First showcased back in 2016, at the Paris Motor Show, the future of Mercedes Benz SUVs, the EQ Concept is all set to make its debut in India. It will be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, which starts from 7th Feb. Power comes from the 2 electric motors so output can be increased to 300 kW owing to scalable battery components. The permanent all-wheel drive system offers a range of 500 kilometres in its quest of sustainable mobility. EQ stands for ‘Electric Intelligence’. Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars says future mobility at Mercedes-Benz stands on four pillars: Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric. EQ combines a comprehensive electric ecosystem of services, technologies and innovations.
New generation Mercedes Benz electric vehicles are based on construction developed for battery-electric models, and are variable owing to modular building-block system. This makes the architecture suitable for SUVs, saloons, coupes, cabriolets and more. Building structures are an intelligent multi-material mix of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber and optimize lightweight design, strength and cost considerations. The EQ A is underpinned by Mercedes’ new MEA (modular electric architecture) platform and follows the EQ C’s lead in adopting a conventional silhouette, with a defined bonnet line at the front, traditional glasshouse housing a 5-seat cabin and a hatchback style tailgate at the rear.
While there is no official word on the powertrain, Mercedes hints at a cheaper and simpler solution than the one used by the EQ C, suggesting it will receive a single front-mounted electric motor with drive sent to the front-wheels via a fixed ratio gearbox. However, a more performance orientated set-up, with a second electric motor mounted within the rear axle assembly and providing four-wheel drive capability similar to that seen on the EQ C is also possible, according to Mercedes-Benz sources. The fluidic design front is a unified attempt at seamless integration with hardly noticeable body panel joints, concealed windscreen wipers, cameras in place of exterior mirrors and no door handles in sight. The dynamics helps with air resistance reduction.
The driver-oriented cockpit maximizes use of touch-based controls. An asymmetrical instrument panel design brings forth a floating wide-screen display. Electric seat adjustment remains. Two of three steering wheel spokes house touch controls integrated into OLED displays (OLED = organic light emitting diode) to indicate icons and symbols.